Scrivener in the mix with 63 in Sweden

A fine second-round 63 has moved Australia's Jason Scrivener into equal fourth at the Scandinavian Masters, while Wade Ormsby has slipped from first to sixth.

24-Aug-2019 By Australian Associated Press

Australia's Jason Scrivener has carded a superb second-round 63 to thrust himself into contention at the halfway stage of the Scandinavian Masters, while compatriot Wade Ormsby surrendered the overnight lead with a bogey-strewn second round.

Perth golfer Scrivener's seven-under score set the clubhouse target earlier on Friday before he was upstaged by local favourite Henrik Stenson, who rolled in six straight birdies around the turn for an eight-under 62.

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick holds the lead by two strokes after firing five birdies on his back nine for a solid 65, following up his opening 64 for an 11-under 129 total so far.

Stenson tapped in for the ninth birdie of his round at the par five 18th to post his lowest score in Sweden and a share for second with China's Ashun Wu (64) on nine under.

But Ormsby, who shot an impressive error-free 62 to put him in the lead in the opening round, mixed three bogeys with a double-bogey on the par-4 seventh in a forgettable follow-up.

Not even consecutive birdies on the 17th and par-5 18th were able to save him from a one-over 71, which pushed him right down to equal sixth.

Scrivener's round, though, which included eight birdies, leaves him well in the mix in tied fourth place alongside another home favourite Joakim Lagergren (69).

Scrivener banked birdies at the fifth, sixth, seventh, 12th and 13th, before dropping his only shot of the day at the 14th. And after hitting the birdie trail again at the 15th, 17th and 18th, he was delighted to improve on his first-round 69 by six shots at the European Tour event.

"I didn't really expect it, starting today. I just kind of plotted my way round and holed some really nice putts and it added up to 63 - so I'm really happy," Scrivener told the European Tour website.

"To be honest I thought two under, at the start of the day, would have been a really good score but I guess that changed.

"I made three nice birdies on the front nine and just kind of kept on riding the wave. Yeah, I'm really happy with the round.

"I got a really hot putter. It's kind of been letting me down a little bit this year so it's nice to get hot with it and hole a few putts.

"Obviously it was fairly wet but I think the forecast is looking pretty good for the weekend. It's in great condition, the greens are really good and hopefully I can keep rolling those putts in."


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